Spiritual Life Center news

‘Introduction to the Old Testament’ now open at the SLC
November offering is second in the series for revamped Religious Studies program
It is often stated – inaccurately – that Catholics do not read the Bible. Scripture is deeply embedded in the Catholic Mass, in the Sacraments, and is a major focus of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, Christians of all faith traditions would do well to explore and discover more about Scripture.
Beginning Saturday, Nov. 14 and concluding Saturday, Dec. 12, Father Kent Hemberger will lead a two-part class called “Introduction to the Old Testament” being held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. This is the second in a series of newly formatted courses that are part of the diocesan Religious Studies Program.
“The Old Testament provides a foundation for our Christian Faith,” explains Father Kent, director of the center. “We begin this course by examining Catholic understanding of Scripture and sources for the Old Testament, followed by an exploration of the great themes of the Old Testament like Creation, which are so rich in meaning once we move beyond the fundamentalist controversies. We will examine basic human questions of sin and evil, as well as the themes of ‘call,’ ‘exodus’ and ‘covenant.’”
“Moving on, we will hear of the prophetic call to fidelity and justice. Finally, we’ll look at wisdom literature as a whole, focusing on the profound question of suffering found in the book of Job. These and other themes addressed in the course are explored in the context of how they impact our daily living and our personal journey of faith.”
The Religious Studies Program curriculum for 2009-2010 began in September with a course on Catechetics. It continues with this Old Testament course, followed by courses in Church History and Christian Spirituality that will be offered early next year. Those who come may take one or all courses. Diocesan certification is available. Participants range from RCIA team leaders, Confirmation formation instructors, Catholic schoolteachers and those simply wishing to learn more about their Catholic faith.
Earlybird registration deadline Nov. 1
A discounted earlybird registration rate of $55 is now available when paid in full on or before Nov. 1; $55. After Nov. 1 the cost is $60. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Sessions for the course are held on Saturday, Nov. 14 with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and class in session from 9 a.m. to noon, and then 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided to participants on site. The course concludes with the same schedule on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Registration can be made online at WWW.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid based on need is available.

‘Tough Times’ retreat Oct. 23-25 at Spiritual Life Center now open to all
A special weekend retreat that had previously been targeted for “young adults” is now open to people of all ages. “Pope Benedict’s Guide to Surviving Tough Times” will be held the weekend of Oct. 23-25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Registration for the weekend, which also includes a commuter option and an emphasis on the availability of financial aid scholarships, ends this Monday, Oct. 19.
The retreat master is Fr. Shane Tharp of Nicoma Park, Okla. Fr. Shane has conducted retreats previously at the Center, including a weekend entitled “The Art of Friendship” that was very well received.
The focus of this upcoming retreat is on the virtue of hope, which is being tested by many during the current economic crisis. Father Shane draws on the extensive teaching of Pope Benedict XVI to create a retreat that is both practical and compelling. In addition to conferences there will be opportunities for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, discussion time, prayer and rest. This retreat is co-sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wichita.
Register online
Registration can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center (316) 744-0167. Those who wish to inquire about a full or partial financial aid scholarship are asked to contact Father Kent Hemberger, director of the center. Father Kent’s e-mail address is khemberger@slcwichita.org.

Individually Directed Retreat Weekend at SLC begins Oct. 30
Experienced spiritual directors will be available for a special Individually Directed Retreat weekend at the Spiritual Life Center that begins Friday, Oct. 30. Retreatants may stay 2 or 3 days.
During a directed retreat, those on retreat meet daily with a spiritual director to talk about what is happening as they seek to open themselves to God and become sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In addition to this daily meeting with the spiritual director, retreatants spend time in periods of formal prayer, re?ection, silence and rest. There is also the opportunity to take part in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Retreatants may request a particular spiritual director, but the Center does not offer in advance or guarantee who may be assigned. The cost is $75 per night and includes a $50 non-refundable deposit due on or before Monday, Oct. 26, when full payment for all retreatants is also due. Financial aid based on need is also available.
Want more information?
For more information, please contact the Center at (316) 744-0167, or by e-mail at SLC@SLCWichita.org. Online information and registration is available at www.slcwichita.org.

Young adult retreat weekend Oct. 23-25
A weekend retreat, “Pope Benedict’s Guide to Surviving Tough Times,” is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
This is the first major economic recession for many young adults and widespread layoffs, furloughs and underemployment are creating a crisis in the loss of hope, said Christine Edmonds, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Be not afraid!, she added.
“Our Holy Father has written extensively about the virtues of faith, hope and love, providing us with a guideline and a lifeline to happiness and spiritual fulfillment during these tough times.”
Father Shane Tharp will lead the retreat. In addition to conferences, there will be opportunities for the sacraments of the Eucharist and reconciliation, discussion time, prayer, and rest.
“The young adult community is pleased to welcome back Fr. Tharp. Many enjoyed his previous retreat on friendship, and are looking forward to another inspiring weekend under his direction,” Edmonds said. “We are delighted to cosponsor this event with the Spiritual Life Center.”
Register online or call the center at (316) 744-0167. Registration deadline is on or before Oct. 19.

Cursillo men’s weekend set for Oct. 22-25 at the SLC
A men’s Cursillo weekend is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 22-25 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
A women’s weekend is scheduled for Nov. 5-8.
Cursillo means “little course.” During the long weekend participants live, pray, and work together listening to talks by priests and laity.
Those interested in participating may call Tony Barba at (316) 685-3339 or Patty Powell at (316) 755-0594.